Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 front

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 327g - 112 x 69 x 42mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic LZ30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 552g - 124 x 84 x 92mm
  • Announced January 2013
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic LZ20
  • Replacement is Panasonic LZ40
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic LZ30, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both manufactured by Panasonic. There is a huge difference between the sensor resolutions of the ZS80 (20MP) and LZ30 (16MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The ZS80 was revealed 5 years later than the LZ30 and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic LZ30 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before getting right into a in depth comparison, here is a brief overview of how the ZS80 matches up versus the LZ30 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Panasonic LZ30

 ZS80 LZ30 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018January 2013More recent by 63 months
Manually focus More precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kClearer screen (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ30 over the Panasonic ZS80

 LZ30 ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic LZ30

 ZS80 LZ30 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera, you will need to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic ZS80 provides physical dimensions of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs) and the Panasonic LZ30 has specifications of 124mm x 84mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6") with a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the ZS80 vs the LZ30.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the ZS80 and LZ30 is 86 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to see the difference between sensor measurements purely by looking at specifications. The visual here might provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the ZS80 and LZ30.

To sum up, both of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Panasonic ZS80 to give more detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The fresher ZS80 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography features
Panasonic LZ30 Portrait photography features
manual focus
good MP (20MP)
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
no manual focus
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Street photography features
Panasonic LZ30 Street photography features
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
more heavy than average in class (552g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography details
Panasonic LZ30 Sports photography details
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
good battery power (380 CIPA)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
great zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
good battery pack (380 CIPA)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic LZ30 Travel photography highlights
good battery power (380 shots)
supports bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
good MP (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
good battery pack (380 per charge)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
long reach (875mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (552 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic LZ30 Landscape photography highlights
manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (380 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
rather wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good battery pack (380 per charge)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic LZ30 as a Vlogging camera
quite wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
no external mic port
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no microphone jack
more heavy than average in class (552g)
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic LZ30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic LZ30
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2018-02-18 2013-01-07
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 25-875mm (35.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.0-5.9
Macro focusing distance 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Min shutter speed 4 secs 15 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 4.40 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 327g (0.72 lb) 552g (1.22 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 124 x 84 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life 380 photos 380 photos
Battery format Battery Pack AA
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes Yes (2 0r 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $448 $230